Cities & Culture
Xanten Archaeological Park
In Xanten in North Rhine-Westphalia, at the site of the former Roman settlement of Colonia Ulpia Traiana, visitors are invited to go back in time at Germany's largest open-air archaeology museum.
For around 400 years, Xanten was one of the most important Roman sites in Germania. The remains of the Roman town are open to the public at the LVR Archaeological Park in Xanten, which is the largest open-air archaeology museum in Germany and a real hit with history buffs. Roman buildings have been reconstructed to incredible effect, revealing what life was like for the Romans in a provincial town. The harbour temple, amphitheatre, inn and impressive town wall with fortified towers are amongst the spectacular sights to behold. Visitors can even watch archaeologists live as they dig, look inside Roman houses and explore the shipyard.
Visitors to the Archaeological Park tend to flock to the Roman Museum, which is home to more than 2,500 exhibits across an area of some 2,000 square metres and paints a vivid picture of Roman life in Germania. One particularly breathtaking sight is the remains of a Roman ship suspended from the ceiling at a height of 12 metres. Opening times: March to October, every day: 9 am–6 pm, November, every day: 9 am–5 pm, December to February, every day: 10 am–4 pm